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Lifeline Fiji signs MOU with Fiji Police for counselling services

In a bid to promote and develop cooperation in the field of development of counselling services with regards to suicide, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Fiji Police Force and Lifeline Fiji this morning at the Fiji Police Headquarters in Nabua. The MOU will see the development of counselling services and the […]

Luke Nacei

August 8, 2016 11:35 am

In a bid to promote and develop cooperation in the field of development of counselling services with regards to suicide, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Fiji Police Force and Lifeline Fiji this morning at the Fiji Police Headquarters in Nabua.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho signs the MOU with Lifeline Fiji Executive Director Archana Mani. (Fiji Police Force)
Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho signs the MOU with Lifeline Fiji Executive Director Archana Mani. (Fiji Police Force)

The MOU will see the development of counselling services and the promotion and management of emotional wellbeing of Police officers with the aim of reducing the vulnerability of the general public to suicide and to other major crimes and incidents.

A total of 55 suicide cases were recorded this year compared to 75 for the same period last year while the attempted suicide figures are 56 compared to 73.

In a statement, Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said the partnership was timely as suicide cases were becoming too prevalent.

QILIHO: “It’s alarming to see the number of suicide and attempted suicide cases arising from issues that could have been avoided such as relationships gone wrong or people feeling pressured.”

He said they were happy to have Lifeline on board to cater for professional assistance needed.

QILIHO: “We are happy that we have Lifeline on board and now we can call you and get your professional help because Police are not qualified counsellors even though people think that we are supposed to be but that’s something I believe should be left to qualified counsellors as our job is to investigate.”

Lifeline Fiji executive director Archana Mani said they were eager to get the newly formed working relationship underway.

MANI: “We are happy to partner with the Fiji Police Force with regards to addressing the issue of suicide and attempted suicide cases as they have a pivotal role in reducing the statistics.”

The MOU will not only focus on victims of suicide and attempted suicide cases, but will see Lifeline Fiji provide support in the counselling of police officers on stress management and self-care as well as provide debriefing services to Police returning from stressful outings and expeditions.

Ms Mani also said they will also be providing training to Police officers so that both parties can realize the full potential of the MOU.

MANI: “We will now be looking at providing training to Police officers who are on the frontline as they are the ones who are directly dealing with these issues.”

Ms Mani is calling on members of the public to make use of their toll-free National Crisis Line by calling 132454.

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